Course Offerings Spring 2016
COM 110 - Experiences in Communication
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with basic theories in verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and advertising. Students will develop their communication skills through group discussion, oral presentations, and an analysis of ads in print media.
COM 114 - Small Group Discussion
This course explores the cultural, psychological, and semantic aspects of group discussion. Areas of study include group dynamics, team building, and cooperative decision making. Participants will develop their skills in research, group work and oral presentations.
COM 117 - Experiences in Media Literacy
This course is an introduction to media analysis. Students will learn to 'read' media texts (film, television, websites) through the formal elements and language particular to media. Topics for film and television include camera, sound, mise-en-scene and genres. Website analysis focuses on the elements that make up web pages (video, still images, audio, text, graphics). Student assignments emphasize oral presentations.
COM 120 - Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature
Study of representative types of literature for children including the picture book, folk literature, modern tales and poetry. Practice in communicating this literature through storytelling and other forms of interpretation.
COM 210 - Public Speaking
Experience in the preparation, design, and delivery of oral presentations, including an understanding of audiences and settings. Attention will be given to techniques of informative and persuasive speeches. Emphasis on the development of professional presentation and speaking skills.
COM 211 - Gender and Communication
Study of the complex ways in which communication, gender and culture interact. Exploration of the ways gender is socially constructed and how one's verbal, nonverbal, and mediated communication affirms or challenges prevailing gender standards. Students will participate in research and oral presentations on gender-related topics.
COM 225 - Family Communication
An introduction to communication phenomena in the setting of the family. The goal is to understand how we develop, maintain, enhance or disturb family relationships through communication. The course covers verbal and nonverbal skills as they apply to family communication.
COM 229 - Experience in Corporate Communications
This introductory course examines important corporate communication areas, such as internal and external forms of communication and considers the ways in which mass media and new technology have influenced how we communicate. In addition, particular emphasis is focused on the development of writing, speaking interpersonal, team and leadership skills.
COM 230 - Scriptwriting for Media
A course that introduces the process of writing basic scripts for television and the web, including public service announcements, webisodes and TV fiction. The course covers script format, structure, characters, action and dialog.
COM 239 - Public Speaking for Business
This course will develop students' public speaking and presentation skills for business. The course emphasizes elements of a good speech, key message development and effective communication in crisis situations.
COM 243 - Introduction to New Media
The study of the rapidly changing field of new media, including the web, videos and webpage design, podcasting, blogs, online communities, videogaming, and other aspects of the virtual world. The course examines these new technologies in terms of their social and communicative impact.
COM 246 - Civic Engagement With New Media
Digital media are at the center of a powerful intersection of business interests, technological capacities, and information flows. Users of the Internet as well as digital content creators are responsible for their ethical behavior on the web. This course analyzes civic engagement and technology empowerment through various issues connected to new media usage and activism.
COM 248 - Online Journalism
An introduction to the rapidly growing field of online journalism. A hands-on course that utilizes standard journalism techniques for research and storytelling, adapting these for the web while also considering legal and ethical aspects of the profession. Storytelling for the web, online news, web layout and other techniques of the online journalist will be covered.
COM 255 - Public Relations Writing
This course explore approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within the public relations context. Components include: journalistic research, copy-writing, research and writing for broadcast, web research and writing for the web. The course focuses on writing skills, attention to one's audience and how professionals deal with issues ethically.
COM 260 Research in Communications
An introduction to scholarly research in the field of communications. Students will search for, carefully read and provide detailed written summaries of journal articles. They will also learn how to create a properly formatted works cited page. Assignments include writing research papers, with multiple drafts, based on scholarly articles.
COM 310 - Video Storytelling for the Web
This course covers short form digital production in the online environment. Students produce projects in digital video with an emphasis on the processes of storytelling. Students will maintain and operate an online video channel and participate in web series production (YouTube, social media, webseries). Prerequisite: COM 244.
COM 313 - Interpersonal Communication
The course focuses on the development of the interpersonal communication skills necessary for building and maintaining positive relationships in both a personal and professional environment. Topics of study include an orientation to interpersonal communication, verbal and non-verbal communication in career and personal relationships, perception of self and others, listening, managing conflict, response skills, cultural and gender considerations, characteristics of leadership and effective work groups and job interviewing. Students will study various theories and practice skill development.
COM 352 - Advanced Television Production
A continuation of COM 252 and COM 256, with emphasis on how high-definition video sequences are constructed from scripting and shooting through editing and post production. Includes greater stress on audio (audio board, microphones, digital recording and mixing) and lighting techniques for both studio and field production. Digital post production (editing, graphics) and the roles and responsibilities of the TV/video director and other personnel are also covered. Prerequisite: COM 252, COM 256 or permission of chairperson.
COM 355 - History of Media
A survey of the development of media in human communications including newspapers, film, radio, television and the web. Consideration of technological, industrial, and audience dimensions. Attention to the further development of media research and analysis skills.
COM 356 - Film Art
Popular films have a profound influence on our individual and cultural identities. This course emphasizes aesthetic, technical and narrative aspects of popular film focusing especially on how they create meanings. Illustrative examples are screened.
COM 357 - Digital Public Relations
This course examines the important role new media have on public relations. In the professional environment of a public relations agency, students design and implement campaigns for local companies/non-profits in a digital format. This includes basic web design, digital brochures, newsletters, press releases, social media campaigns and multimedia video projects. Prerequisite: COM 254 or permission of chairperson.
COM 367 - Editing and Post Production
An in-depth look at the processes of digital editing and post production, including picture editing, sound editing, music, sound effects, mixing and graphics (titles, credits). Students will explore various aesthetic concepts that contribute to editing creativity and will consider how editing decisions can alter a program's meanings. Assignments take students through stages of rough cuts to a fine cut. Prerequisite: COM 242, 252, 256 or 366.
COM 381 - Maker's Lab
An introduction to digital theory by designing and editing web-based "apps" on multiple viewing platforms. Students will learn 3D printing, virtual reality integration, open-source programming and digital design. Students produce several digital products for both classroom and personal use. Prerequisite: COM 244 or permission of chairperson.
COM 390 - Topics in Communication Arts
In-depth study of topics not included in the regular course offerings. Title of the course will be announced prior to the term offered. Prerequisite: approval of chairperson. This course may be repeated for credit.
COM 468-469 - Communications Internships
An opportunity for semester or summer involvement in selected professional and/or business organizations, including television networks, public relations departments and other appropriate concerns. Students will be supervised by department personnel and by cooperating personnel in the organization to which they are attached during the internship.
COM 490 - Communications Seminar II
A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 488. Students will implement specific research methods, such as surveys, participant observation or textual analysis. They complete their theses by analyzing and writing up their research findings. The finished thesis will be presented orally and in correct written format. Prerequisite: COM 488